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Hi-Time Wine Cellars
$$ - reasonable
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250 Ogle St
phone: (800) 331-3005
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Other than being a great store for non beer related drinks and possibly the best wine store in Southern California it has an impressive beer selection. The prices while a little more then Total Wine the selection of special release and import beers are impressive. The shear amount of breweries featured is great. Also the cooler is walk in. The only reason a beer case is stuck outside of the cooler is lack of space. I've found everything from Hitachino special release to Stone to Russian River. The store allows you to buy 12oz Singles out of the six packs allowing for the ability to try many different beers rather then being stuck to 6 packs and bombers. They have a top shelf for rare beers which I have seen Infinitum, vintage Stone releases, and other barrel aged beers.
If you are in the OC this store is a must stop.
06-23-2011 04:47:38 |
More by Hershdawg
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Been out to Hi-Time Wine Cellars on a number of occasions, though a bit less now that my sister in law doesnt live in the OC anymore. Being from Northridge, it's not exactly around the corner from me. However, anyone that lives withing 50 miles of this places owes it to themselves to go here at least once.
The store is an adults disneyland. They have a walkin humidor, with a fine selecation of cigars. They have freshly made choclates for sale. They have one of the largest selecations of spirits I have ever seen, from cheap, preimium, ultra premium, and some stuff I have not see anywhere else but there. They have several coolers of beer, stacks of beers around the store, and a rather large, Walk in refriegrator filled with beer.
Of course, they also have an underground cellar, with an enormous vintage wine selection. I still get their newsletter, even being as far away as I am. This place is truly unique, and a real gem for So cal.
Their prices are fairly competive, but I marked it as a bit pricey, only because if you walk in here, intending to buy just 1 thing, I pretty much guarantee you will buy more, the selection is just that good overall. While they don't get every limited release, they do get quite a bit of Belgian beers, large format bottles, and various around the world beers that are fairly uncommon. The staff is friendly, helpful, and actually seem to love that they work their from my experience too.
04-28-2011 21:11:29 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Finally made it here after reading all the good news about it. Thanks twitter for the update about the Deschutes tasting so I raced down for that.
Outside of the big chain liquor stores this place is massive. Looks like a normal bottle shop that just kept on expanding. Heaps of wine and spirits as well as topical magazines, Easter themed stuff and probably more. I headed for the downstairs bar area in the back.
This area is a bit cramped but about 10 spots at the bar. Six or so tables as well for your seated drinking pleasure.
The server for the tasting was extremely helpful and informative. And the pours were quite generous so not sure if that was their generosity or Deschutes. Also the service at the checkout was very accommodating.
Selection was wide ranging filling lots of different styles and origins. Plenty of local regional and imported stuff. The only limitation is how long you can stand browsing in the walk in cooler which is another positive. Plenty of stuff kept chilled.
Overall this could quite possibly be my favorite bottle shop. As with other specialty shops, you might find every day drinkers cheaper at other places, but the selection here easily makes it worth stopping in every few weeks.
04-15-2011 23:16:17 |
More by joecast
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Took a trip down today because the wife was on a business trip so I had some free time.
*next time (don't bring the kid)
Atm- Pretty standard beer store. Was a bit smaller than I thought from all that I heard. Had a nice sized staff on duty. Pretty good.
Qual- You know when you walk in a beer cooler and just go damnit, I need more $$. It's this place. They had stuff you know if good from all the chit chat on here but you've never even seen. Now you have.
Serv- As mentioned above, a nice sized staff on duty. Didn't really throw the I want to talk vibe out but thats fine. They did their job quickly and effeciently if I had a question. I was happy.
Selection- Was a nice selection, I think I came on an off weekend. Seemed to be out of a few things. I saw no RR besides damnation I believe. Although the front board did say no Pliny so at least they know to say when they are out.
Val- For the beers I got vs, what I paid. I was very happy.
03-14-2011 04:49:54 |
More by FosterJM
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
The overall selection of beers are good. They offer a wide variety of imported beers from Canada and Europe. They offer a moderate selection of beers from California. A few from Oregon and some scatterings of other breweries from throughout the country. They do offer a nice amount of bombers. The service was nothing more than average. They weren't rude and they weren't nice. The employees did their job. I'm fine with that. The overall pricing seemed to be a bit on the high side. Lot's of bombers in the $8-$12 range. From there the proces went up up up. Very few bombers for less than $6.
01-17-2011 01:09:08 |
More by cdkrenz
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Without a doubt, the #1 beer store in the OC. Beer manager Trayce is a stand up guy and serious beer geek. They have a massive walk in cooler so bring a coat.
They get more Russian River allocated to them than any store I know of. The store is a bit disorganized but the employees can help you find anything you want.
Also, they have a shipping department and an up-to-date website.
I've spent plenty here over the years without any regets.
They also do tastings of their vintage beers a couple times a year.
12-29-2010 22:29:01 |
More by drewmprs
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
* This review is for their beer section only.
Hi-Time Wine Cellars is located in Costa Mesa, near Newport Beach. They have an extensive selection of wine, spirits, and, of course, beer. Most of the beer is kept in a cooled walk-in room, with 6-packs placed and available in walled coolers near the registers. Some bulk cases are also stacked alongside a wall near the coolers.
The selection here is great. You'll be sure to find anything local (ie, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Stone, Lost Abbey/Port) as well some out-of-state regionals such as Elysian, Avery, Goose Island. You'll also find an extensive selection of imports like Dieu Du Ciel!, Mikkeller, Rocheforte, and Weihenstephaner.
The prices are reasonable and the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. I wish I lived closer as I would come here on a regular basis.
10-19-2010 18:11:10 |
More by grilledsquid
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Hi-Time Wine Cellars is one of the best places to purchase beer, wine, spirits, and tobacco as well as drink related products and high quality cheeses. Hi-Time's beer selection is great, a wall of solid six packs, and a chilled cellar room of singles from breweries and styles around the world. Prices are very reasonable for what is available, and the employees seem knowledgeable and helpful.
Hi-Time is also the best place I've ever been to to purchase tobacco, they have an incredible selection of pipe tobacco and cigars (as well as pipes and accessories for both) at the best prices around. Lan and the other workers in the tobacco section will also let you take samples of some tobacco and make recommendations. I can't make a trip to Hi-Time without a few friends scrambling to come along.
09-15-2010 05:57:39 |
More by msmezher
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in Anaheim for a conference and drove out to this store to stock up after reading numerous positive reviews on Beeradvocate. The store is rather large with a seemingly good selection of wine, liquor, and cigars. The beer set-up was the best I have seen. All of the beer was in a walk-in cooler that you could take your cart into. The light was low and the green bottles were kept in darker locations. All the prices were clearly marked and the beer was well organized. The staff was not particularly helpful until I was checking out where Alex made some recommendations and really seemed to know his stuff. For the selection, the prices seemed very reasonable. They had stuff from Stone, New Belgium, Mad River, Russian River, Fantome, Mikkeller, The Bruery, Alesmith, Dogfish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, Port Brewing Co, Green Flash, Bear Republic, Full Sail, etc. I would most definitely go back if I were in the area.
08-08-2010 20:43:19 |
More by david131
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my local bottle shop, about 100 yards down the street. Hi Time has a great selection, and gets a pretty strong distribution of non-California beers. They are usually among the first to get limited release beers, and the staff is very knowledgeable on all the beers they stock. Alex and Holly are always quick to help and point out the newest beers that they know I enjoy.
I choose Hi Time over all of the other close by bottle shops again and again. Their awesome selection and great staff will keep me coming back weekly.
06-20-2010 22:03:13 |
More by OhHerrooo
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
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